FLAGSTAFF-Annalese "Nan" Nasafotie poured in 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Hopi beat Buckeye, 49-35 in the opening round of the girls basketball Pepsi Classic Tournament Dec. 6. Hopi improved to 1-3.
Nasafotie had help as Cassandra Nash pitched in with 11 points, Ivy Honie tossed in seven points, Nichole Kisto finished with five markers, Danielle Tom added four and Adriana "Aila" Preston scored a deuce.
Kennis Kirkpatrick topped Buckeye with 11 points, Alicia Marcell tossed in seven, Rosemary Crijanouk finished with five, Sylvia Honne and Ashley Linona added four points each, and Whitney Mayfield and Marissa Larson scored two points apiece.
Nasafotie and Marcell scored five points each in the opening period as the score was tied at 7-7.
Hopi jumped ahead 18-14 at halftime with Honie, Nash and Nasafotie netting three points apiece in the second quarter.
Nasafotie fired in six points and Nash added five as the Lady Bruins led 32-26 after three periods. Kirkpatrick poured in nine points in the third period to keep Buckeye close.
Nasafotie tossed in six, Honie four and Nash three in the final period as Hopi coasted to the victory.
Hopi High Coach Ben Willie said the Lady Bruins played much better in this game than the past three games.
"Our offense was working. We got good shots. Our defense was the best part of the game because we played pressure defense and caused a lot of turnovers," he said.
Coach Willie said it was good team defense but credited Chrstal Youvella and Nasafotie with leading the way.
Hopi dominated the rebounding with Nasafotie hauling down 13, Preston grabbing seven and Honie six.
"We did a good job screening out in the first half. We were a bit lax in the second half," Coach Willie said.
He credited 5-8 Nasafotie with holding 6-3 Kirkpatrick to 11 points.
In other basketball action on Dec. 4, Round Valley girls beat Hopi 61-41.
Cassidy Donaldson led the Lady Elks with 31 points, Nikki Beck and Chelsea Slade tossed in seven points each, Ashley Chade chipped in with six, Tiana Tafoya pitched in with four points, Kana Finch netted three, Lauren Busemen scored two points and Shania Yazzie hit a foul shot.
Nasafotie topped Hopi with 28 points, Cassandra Nash pitched in with five, Nichole Kisto scored four, Khrystl finished with three and Danielle Tom hit a foul shot.